First Crossing: Alexander MacKenzie, His Expedition Across North America and the Opening of the Continent

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Timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition is this remarkable account of Alexander Mackenzie—the explorer who beat Lewis and Clark across the North American continent. Mackenzie accomplished this feat an astounding twelve years before the Corps of Discovery. Drawing extensively on the journals of Mackenzie and other turn-of-the-century explorers—and featuring historical and contemporary photographs, illustrations, and maps—Hayes presents a lively portrait of the explorer who both ...
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Timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition is this remarkable account of Alexander Mackenzie—the explorer who beat Lewis and Clark across the North American continent. Mackenzie accomplished this feat an astounding twelve years before the Corps of Discovery. Drawing extensively on the journals of Mackenzie and other turn-of-the-century explorers—and featuring historical and contemporary photographs, illustrations, and maps—Hayes presents a lively portrait of the explorer who both preceded Lewis and Clark and provided an impetus for their expedition.
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Scottish-born Alexander Mackenzie's (1763-1830) journal of his travels across North America was published in 1801 as Voyages from Montreal on the River St. Laurence Through the Continent of North America to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans in the Years 1789 and 1793. Mackenzie undertook this voyage from Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, for the North West Company and became the first European to cross the North American continent from the East. His book was an immediate best seller. Napoleon Bonaparte requisitioned a French translation, and Lewis and Clark carried a copy on their westward journey. Hayes (Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest) here provides an exegesis of Mackenzie's journal, throwing light on the factors driving the Canadian fur trade, the adventures and misadventures of the fur traders, and the serendipitous discoveries that led to the opening of the Northwest. Like Hayes's earlier book, this is richly illustrated, containing several historic maps. Those who wish to read another account of Mackenzie's expedition across North America may refer to Barry Gough's First Across the Continent (Univ. of Oklahoma. 1997). Recommended for academic and large public libraries. Ravi Shenoy, Naperville P.L., IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781570613081
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.17 (w) x 10.23 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2002

    Undaunted Determination

    This book gives a wondeful pictoral presentation of the two great journeys of A. Mackenzie. The aerial shots are incredible. It is amazing when you realize that much of the territory he crossed is still basically the same today. beautiful, but remote and desolate. The maps, (of which there are many) are great too, but in some instances could use a little enlargement. The one thing this book lacks is the feeling and emotion of the journey. Contrast this book to the edition by Gough. That book, while lacking in maps and photos, really captures more of the spirit of the trip. the amazing endurance and fortitude described far outweighs all the photos and maps found in First Crossing. these books really complement each other, read them both to get a good feel and look at this amazing trip.

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